Wednesday, 8 November 2006

Sense from Parliament

Some sense from Parliament tonight:
Strong vote against raising drinking age
The bill to revert the liquor buying age to 20 has been soundly defeated by MPs in a conscience vote. After weeks of lobbying and debate, MPs voted 72 to 49 to kill the Sale of Liquor (Youth Alcohol Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill on its second reading.
Congratulations to all the campaigners advocating that adults are treated as adults.

UPDATE: The Herald has the list of 72 MPs who voted for personal responsibility last night, and also the 49 Nannies. (And I note that Richard Worth has been promoted by the Herald to be MP for Epsom.)

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  1. Sense? Wishful thinking. The no vote is because of this.

  2. "Youth Alcohol Harm Reduction"

    I love that title - and that so many MPs went against it, knowing that they can now be said they do not want to protect the country's young people.

    I was in college here in the US when many states were raising the drinking age from 18 to 21 One year each of three years. But I had friends on each side of the limit by about 1 month.

    One was considered to be an "adult" each of the three years. One was considered an "adult" each December, between his birtday & the next bump of the law on 1 January. The third was made a legal "child" again each year.

    As for me? I was 16 when it started, and definitely under the age limit each of those 3 years. And those laws did nothing to stop me on my 1 year / 120 World Beer Tour at the local Grill & Bar.

  3. It was victory for the people that wanted it to stay the same, which is rare. Usually Labour people that create Bills win. Sadly the nest victory isn't due for another 46 years based on the current trend. :-P


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